The Offspring's Dexter Holland is Now a Doctor

by VVN Music

Dexter Holland, the lead singer of the Offspring who sang Why Don't You Get a Job? and Pretty Fly (For a White Guy), should now be called Dr. Holland.

Dexter graduated from the University of Southern California on Thursday with a Ph.D. in molecular biology.

Holland's accomplishment was a long time coming. Like fellow rocker Brian May, he had started working towards his Ph.D. before the forming of the Offspring and put off further schooling for rock stardom but, a few years ago, he started taking courses again which ended with a 175-page thesis, "Discovery of Mature MicroRNA Sequences within the Protein-Coding Regions of Global HIV-1 Genomes: Predictions of Novel Mechanisms for Viral Infection and Pathogenicity".

Yes, only a Ph.D. would understand even the title.

My research focused on the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the virus which causes AIDS. I am interested in virology and wanted to contribute in some small way to the knowledge which has been learned about HIV and AIDS. This terrible disease remains a worldwide epidemic - over 35 million people worldwide are currently infected and living with the HIV virus. Over one million people a year die from this disease.

My research is not meant to be a cure or even an immediate step toward a cure, but I believe that by adding to the vast amount of information that we’ve learned about HIV in the last 30 years or so, we’ll get there. Toward that end, I’m going to continue to do research, and you’ll probably see some of my research papers get published here and there over the next few years.

But, for now, that research will have to fit in between band obligations. The band is continuing their tour of the U.S. which runs through the end of May before it is off to Canada and Europe before returning to the U.S. for the month of September.

Holland also says the band is working on material for a new album which should be out "soon".

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